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Research Methods in Second Language Psycholinguistics

1st Edition

By Jill Jegerski, Bill VanPatten


256 pages | 34 B/W Illus.

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Addressing a rapidly growing interest in second language research, this hands-on text provides students and researchers with the means to understand and use current methods in psycholinguistics. With a focus on the actual methods, designs, and techniques used in psycholinguistics research as they are applied to second language learners, this book offers the practical guidance readers need to determine which method is the best for what they wish to investigate as well as the tools that will enhance their research.

Each methods chapter is written by a leading expert who describes, discusses, and comments on how a method is used and what its strengths and limitations are for second language research. These chapters follow a specific format to ensure cohesion and a predictable structure across all chapters. The chapters also inform the novice researcher on such key issues as ease of use, costs, potential pitfalls, and other related matters, each of which impact decisions that researchers make about the paths they take.

With the most reliable information available from experienced reseachers, Research Methods in Second Language Psycholinguistics is an essential resource for anyone interested in conducting second language reserach using psycholinguistic methods.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Psycholinguistics of SLA. Chapter 2: Self-paced reading. Chapter 3: Self-paced listening. Chapter 4: Eye-tracking with text. Chapter 5: Visual world eye-tracking. Chapter 6: Event-related potentials (ERPs). Chapter 7: fMRI. Chapter 8: Lexical decision tasks. Chapter 9: Cross-modal priming with sentences. Chapter 10: On psycholinguistic methods.

About the Authors

Jill Jegerski is Assistant Professor of Spanish and SLATE (Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education) in the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Bill VanPatten is Professor of Spanish, Second Language Studies, and Cognitive Science at Michigan State University.

About the Series

Second Language Acquisition Research Series

The Second Language Acquisition Research series presents and explores issues bearing directly on theory construction and/or research methods in the study of second language acquisition. Its titles (both authored and edited volumes) provide thorough and timely overviews of high-interest topics, and include key discussions of existing research findings and their implications. A special emphasis of the series is reflected in the monographs dealing with specific data collection methods or instruments.  Each of these monographs addresses the kinds of research questions for which the method/instrument is best suited, offers extended description of its use, and outlines the problems associated with its use. The volumes in this series will be invaluable to students and scholars alike, and perfect for use in courses on research methodology and in individual research.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General